Laying in bed the other night, I found myself laughing at the thought of an article someone had sent me. It was from 2002 and dealt with the United States military, specifically the Navy SEALs and other US Special Forces like the Rangers and Green Berets, and the lack of Black people in these prestigious organizations.
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How can we possible maintain the security of the United States when our Special Forces are all white? And the pilots in the United States Air Force and Navy? Don’t you know that the Tuskegee Airmen were single-handily responsible for the fall of Nazi-controlled Europe in 1945?
Real American Heroes is one of my favorite posts. Back in 2009, the film G.I. Joe came out and three of the five primary members of that fictional Special Forces organization were Black people. The reality is that a Black face in any of the Special Forces in the real US military is about as rare as a white point guard on a Historical Black College and University (HBCU) basketball team.
This was documented in one of the more popular posts here, The Inevitable SEALs Team 6 Movie glorifying the Osama Killing: How many Blacks will be cast?
I’ve pointed out that the United States military newspaper Stars and Stripes recently lamented that not enough Black soldiers have been found to profile as ‘valorous’ during the War on Terror campaign.
I’ve pointed out that the Naval Academy has lowered academic standards to admit more Black cadets. I’ve pointed out that the Coast Guard Academy has lowered standards and codified the discrimination against white applicants (much as the Office of Diversity and Inclusion has done to potential white applicants for Federal Government employment).
A Black Air Force General attacked the Air Force pilots for being “too white” and proclaimed the most important objective (ahead of protecting the air for American supremacy) should be getting more Black pilots in the air. The Air Force Academy has pledged to bring more diversity to Colorado Spring, for having a student enrollment that is 71 percent white is seen as a horrifying representation of 2011 America:
The Air Force Academy has a plan and a $1 million budget to make the school more diverse, but no numerical goal that describes what diverse looks like.
Adding more cadets from minorities groups to the academy’s population has been a goal for years. The Board of Visitors, the school’s oversight body, was told Friday that the school has a new plan, which includes diversity training for employees, stepping up minority recruitment and training “inclusion ambassadors” who will promote diversity at the academy.
“The good thing is we’re doing something about it,” said Lt. Gen. Mike Gould, academy superintendent.
The academy’s student body is 71 percent white, which is similar to its sister academies for Navy and Army, and close to the national population average.
But the academy wants to see gains in the number of black and Hispanic cadets on the campus, who make up a combined 16 percent of the student body, well below their share of the national population.
But the Air Force is staying away from quotas.
“Metrics have always been a tough thing for all the services,” Lt. Gen. Darrell Jones, an Air Force personnel officer from the Pentagon told the board, which advises Congress and President Obama on academy matters.
The Air Force put money into the academy program this year, adding $1 million to the program in 2011 – doubling the academy’s diversity budget. Much of the cash is being spent on recruiting in black, Hispanic and Asian neighborhoods. The idea is that attracting more minority applicants will gradually grow the academy’s minority population.
Still, some board members fear that the program lacks clear goals because it doesn’t set racial quotas.
“Not having those objectives and goals is hurting us,” said board member Alfredo Sandoval, a 1982 academy graduate who is a managing partner of the Private Investment Group.
Jones said numbers alone, though, won’t do the job.
“The goal is to have a diverse population find success in the military,” he said.
Black-Run America (BRA) is real. Very real. The Intelligence Agencies have been deemed “too white”… as has the United States Missile Command. Defending this country takes a back-seat to the employment and promotion of Black people. Even in the United States Special Forces.
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What was that article that had me laughing the other night? It was this one from 2002 on the United States Navy SEALs and the over zealous drive to add more Black people to its ranks:
Special forces have always prided themselves on how hard it is to become a member. For some black SEALs, Rangers and Green Berets, staying is tougher than getting in.
With special forces having become the face of the U.S. military in the Afghan war, leaders are sensitive to the fact that those faces are overwhelmingly white, and they are recruiting in minority neighborhoods.
The problem, some say, is the attitudes black recruits face once inside.
“It was like being the only black in a Harley Davidson gang, as out of place as you can be,” said retired Lt. Jake Zweig of his short, tumultuous stay in the SEALs. “It was horrendous.”
The SEALs have acknowledged “pockets of racial insensitivity” and have appointed a minority recruitment chief with authority to veto bigoted candidates.
The crux, all agree, is the elitism that defines the “special” in special forces.
“SEALs are very sensitive about lowering standards and letting in people who are not up to the standards of what a special forces warrior should be,” said Lt. Cmdr. Darryn James, a spokesman for Navy Special Warfare.
Such talk riles Army Brig. Gen. Remo Butler, a Ranger who is now the highest-ranking black soldier in special forces.
“That’s code for ‘You’re not quite as smart, you’re here because you’re getting a break somewhere,'” said Butler, who heads Special Operations Command-South in Puerto Rico.
The armed services are often held out as standard-bearers for integration. Blacks — 13 percent of the U.S. population — make up 20 percent of the military. But they are less than 4 percent of special forces.
Army and Navy special forces recruiters are working in minority neighborhoods with an eye toward racial integration.
The Tampa, Fla.-based command for all military special operations is publishing recruiting pamphlets that for the first time prominently feature minorities. It also is sending “motivator” teams that include black and Hispanic special forces success stories into minority neighborhoods.
Navy special warfare, the whitest of special ops branches — just 2.5 percent of SEALs are black — has appointed a black civilian known for diversifying medical schools to head minority recruitment.
Special forces don’t sign up civilians themselves. Instead, they are encouraging minorities to join the military with the goal of working their way into the elite ranks.
Special forces are on display more than ever in the Afghan war and so is their nearly all-white makeup. Integration comes slowly. “It has been a challenge,” said Lt. Cmdr. Edie Rosenthal, speaking for Special Operations Command.
One recent tack has been to accept a candidate conditionally even if he fails one requirement, as long as he is thought capable of meeting the standard with more training.
That applies especially to swimming, where some blacks fare poorly. SEALs candidates must swim 500 yards in 121/2 minutes.
“I wouldn’t want to be next to a guy who’s ‘not sure’ he knows how to swim across a flowing jungle river,” said retired Army Maj. Andy Messing, who is white.
Messing says any difference — being black, Hispanic, Jewish or even overtly religious — exacerbates existing tensions in the grinding training regimen for special forces.
Bill Leftwich, who was the top Defense Department diversity official in the Clinton administration, said a military career is tough enough by itself and some blacks don’t want to take on the added burden of dealing with racial attitudes in the special forces.
“Folks ask, ‘What degree of difficulty do I want to add to my career, do I really want more than there already is now?'” said Leftwich, who is black.
The latest recruitment efforts have been guided by a 1999 Rand Institute study, commissioned by Congress, that found that most black troops worry they will come across racism in the special forces. The report did not address whether those concerns are justified.
The problem, according to retired SEALs Capt. Everett Greene, is keeping blacks once they are in. “The deck is somewhat stacked against them.”
Greene retired in 2000 after a long public battle to get a rear admiral promotion, which he says was thwarted by racism. The Navy says Greene was denied his promotion because of a sexual harassment charge, even though he was exonerated in a court martial.
Greene became the first commissioned black SEAL officer in 1970. Thirty years later, when he retired, there were just nine others, and only one other captain.
Jake Zweig initially rebuffed admonishments from friends that he would face racism.
“I knew you take a lot of extra punishment, but that was just normal for SEALs, I thought,” he said.
But soon there were nudges of harassment, some subtle, others less so, Zweig said. His portable radio mysteriously switched stations from hip-hop to country whenever he looked away. He endured “gangstah” gibes from instructors. An officer shouted “Stop thief!” at a black sailor jogging.
When he suggested more aggressive recruitment among minority sailors, Zweig said an officer retorted sharply: “What … do you want us to do, lower the standards, so more of y’all can make it in?”
Zweig filed a complaint.
A Navy investigator confirmed Zweig’s account of the meeting but concluded the remark was a misunderstanding and “not racial in nature.” The report expressed sympathy for the view that “any change in training is seen as an eroding of the standards.”
Rear Adm. Eric Olson, the top SEAL, concluded there was no systemic racism, but “pockets of racial insensitivity.” Zweig, now 29, ended his three years in the SEALs last year and is now studying law.
Olson has since hired Warren Lockette, a black geneticist who led integration efforts at two Midwestern medical schools, to help bring more blacks into SEALs.
Lockette, who has authority to reject candidates who might be prejudiced, says focusing on recruiting blacks alone will not do the job — SEALs recruiters need to consider the attitudes of white applicants as well.
Read that last line: a Black geneticist — a civilian — was given ultimate authority to reject candidates who might be prejudiced in a bid to get more Black people into the SEALs. That was in 2002. That was what Black-Run America represented nine years ago. Now? Well, just look at the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
We already know what happens when an organization goes 365Black; just look at the United States Postal Service (USPS). We already know what happens when other Federal government agencies decided to employ disproportionate Black employees.
Falling asleep the other night – silently laughing to myself – I slipped into a deep slumber knowing that the United States of America was protected by such innovative thinking by our military higher-ups. The primary objective is no longer protecting America’s interest or in promoting and recruiting the best, the brightest and most meritorious to our service academies, US Special Forces, and Officer Corps; the primary objective is advancing Black people into every level of the United States military.
Somewhere, as you read this, generals in the Chinese military and members of Chinese intelligence are laughing as well.
Sure, some retired members of the military might question the fact that “diversity” is now the primary objective of the United States military and the designated enemy is the white males who volunteer disproportionately to defend the country. But to attain any level of seniority within the officer corps means selling out to the concept of BRA.
Chinese generals are laughing right now.
I finally found myself drifting to sleep, but not before thinking about those brave men who were shot down over Afghanistan in that terrible tragedy where 30 Americans (mostly white Navy SEALS) died. For no reason, really.
Those were Real American Heroes. They deserve better than to have a Black geneticist like Warren Lockette decide their fate as a Navy SEAL, for we all know that merely being white is enough to have you deemed “prejudiced”in BRA.